The Importance Of An Honor Code

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“On my honor as a student, I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment.” This statement gives students a rule to follow and an expectation to meet. It is my belief that students and people in general are capable of rising to expectations. However, if we don’t give them the chance to do better they won’t have the desire to make themselves better. I also believe that if you don’t give someone the chance to grow they will not. That is why I believe that there should be an honor code in place at my school. I believe that an honor system would give students the chance to be better and if given that chance they will rise to the occasion. An honor system will give them better morals which will make them better people in everyday life. …show more content…
Since an honor code only works if everyone works together it would create team building and a sense of community. Jennifer Dirmeyer says,” Our honor code is strictly enforced, and the enforcement is handled by an all-student court.” By giving students this level of responsibility and allowing them to rise to the occasion I believe students will learn to work together to accomplish the tasks they are given. If we give students responsibility they will be able to understand what things will be like in the real world and learn to stick together because they will learn that things become easier if you have help. Another reason I believe an honor code will form a community is because McCabe also points out that,” Many schools with academic honor codes allow students to take their exams without proctors present.” This gives kids an expectation to rise to and the sense that they have freedom and the responsibility to turn in someone who is cheating. This sense of being on their own will show them what it’s like to be in a small community and the importance of honesty. Dirmeyer also says,” The success of the honor code, then, depends on the expectations that students have of their peers’ behavior.” Kids would have to learn to trust each other and have faith in each other to do the right thing in order to enforce the honor code. At my school, giving a student that kind of responsibility is unheard of. However, I believe by …show more content…
Through an honor code students would learn right and wrong and how to act when they see something that is wrong or that they are reprimanded if they are the one doing something wrong. Dirmeyer says there needs to be a,” Culture of academic integrity.” Using an honor code will give students an environment in which they are proud of doing what is right and know when what their doing is wrong. The results of Sledge’s study also showed that 88% of students believe that failure on an assignment is a reasonable sanction for a violation of the honor code. This means that with an honor code students can begin to realize that there are consequences when you do the wrong thing and give them better morals. This sense of integrity of themselves and their work can also become useful once they graduate high school.This is supported by McCabe when he says,” Many students take these habits with them to college.” If we don’t teach kids to do the right thing now they will do the wrong thing in college and probably in their life after that too. By teaching them the correct morals early on will allow them to use them for the rest of their lives. This is very important because just one person having good morals could affect whole communities and companies. So, imagine if we gave a whole school full of children good morals, there could be endless possibilities to what they could accomplish. At my school I believe it is very important that

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